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Occupation: I work at Spectrum on Commerce Road. I'm in national telesales. I support the national accounts like Bank of America and Subway. I've been doing this particular job since February, but I've been with Charter off and on since 2003.

Family: My husband Rob and I went through the school system in Newtown. He graduated in 1991, and I graduated in 1995. He's the president of the Dodgingtown Firehouse. We have two kids. Daniel is in fifth grade in Reed Intermediate School, and he takes taekwondo. Ella is in first grade at Middle Gate Elementary School, and she does Daisies.

My entire life, 39 years. I moved from my parent's house to my husband's house to the house we're living in now, all in Newtown. I'm a townie. I even have a town of Newtown tattoo. It's suppose to be blue and gold and look like a stamp [of the town seal]. I got it two-and-a-half years ago.How long have you lived in Newtown?

I do the yearbook and fundraising for Middle Gate School. This is my fourth year doing the yearbook, and I'll be doing it another four years. I mostly do a lot with the PTA in my free time. I just ran a Parent's Night fundraiser in April at Rock Ridge Country Club. Also, I'm on the Hattertown Historic District Committee. Technically, I'm a signed official. We meet quarterly, and there're about nine houses that are part of the historic district. We make sure they're not painting the houses purple. Right now we are in the process of getting new signs that say "Historic District."What do you like to do in your free time?

Do you have a favorite book? I'm really obsessed with the things that I like and Harry Potter is my thing. I have two Harry Potter tattoos. I've even done a Harry Potter painting night in Brookfield and painted the night bus on a piggy bank. Also, my father used to do work for Marvel, so we're big fans. We had the comics, but we could never touch them because they were collector's items. Now we see all the movies.

What is your favorite travel destination?Last summer we went to Universal and spent the whole day at Harry Potter World, and I wanted to move in there. We ate at the Three Broomsticks and the Leaky Cauldron. I've been to Bermuda a few times on a cruise with my aunt. Also, I've been to England and Ireland. I'd really like to go back to England. It's beautiful. I'd want to do the Harry Potter tour and see the real Platform 9¾ at King's Cross.

What is the best part about Newtown? Our sense of community. You go to other places and it's not like this. Everyone here has magnets all over their car for Newtown and the foundations and "Be Kind." We've really come together.

My parents. They've always pushed me to do the best I could. Now I'm very competitive, and that's why I'm in sales and one of the top ten sales people.Who has been the greatest influence in your life?

My Aunt June. She passed away two years ago.If you could spend the day with one person, who would you choose and why?

Who is your favorite musical artist? I like hair bands. My first concert was Guns 'N Roses. I've seen Poison like five times, Skid Row I've seen twice, and Motley Crew I've seen twice.

Do you have a favorite TV show? Big Bang Theory. I like it because of the comedy, and my son is a lot like Sheldon. We watch it together. Also, I'm still a Friends addict, since it's on every night.Currently, it's

What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever been given? It's always "no" until you ask. You can't assume. One of my bosses used to say, "The sale starts at no," because once they say no then you really have to sell something to somebody.

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